Actos Bladder Cancer Information

Actos is a popular diabetes medication that has been linked to a higher risk of bladder cancer.  A number of patients who have been diagnosed with bladder cancer after taking this drug have opted to file dangerous drug lawsuits to pursue just compensation for their damages.

Our Actos bladder cancer lawyers believe that patients should be fully educated about the risk of Actos bladder cancer, and that patients who wish to file dangerous drug lawsuits should be well informed.  For this reason, we have included some of the Actos bladder cancer questions we hear most often on this page.

If you believe that your bladder cancer can be attributed to Actos, you may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit for compensation. 

Call our Actos bladder cancer lawsuit attorneys at 1-888-554-2889. We offer:

  • A free, no-obligation case evaluation
  • No fee unless we win your case
  • Flexible appointments
  • Helping Actos side effect victims Nationwide


Actos Bladder Cancer Frequently Asked Questions

When did Actos become so popular?

Actos was approved by the FDA to treat type 2 diabetes in 1999.  It became a very popular alternative to Avandia, another diabetes drug that has been linked to heart disease, strokes, and other health threats.  Actos is Takeda Pharmaceutical’s most popular drug, with sales of more than $3.4 billion in 2010.

Has there been a recall?

There has not been an Actos recall in the United States, but an Actos recall has been issued by Takeda Pharmaceuticals in France.  In addition to this, a number of European countries have suspended sales of this drug pending further investigation into the link between Actos and bladder cancer.

What are some symptoms of bladder cancer?

The Mayo Clinic states that bladder cancer symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • An increased need to urinate
  • Back pain
  • Blood or a red color in your urine
  • Frequent urination
  • Pain while you urinate

What has the FDA done to warn patients about Actos bladder cancer?

The FDA publicized the launch of an investigation into the link between Actos and bladder cancer in September 2010, citing data from an ongoing study by Takeda Pharmaceuticals that points to a heightened risk of bladder cancer the longer a person takes this drug.  This study is still in progress and the FDA has not released a conclusion to this investigation.

In June 2011 the FDA added bladder cancer warnings to the Actos label.  Drugs similar to Actos, such as Duetact, ActoplusMet RX, and Actoplus Met also carry this heightened warning about the risk of bladder cancer.

What does the “black box” warning on Actos mean?

A warning on the packaging of a prescription drug, a black box warning is meant to alert prescribers and patients to potentially dangerous side effects.  When studies have linked a drug to dangerous or even deadly side effects, a black box warning is issued by the FDA. 

Are there other diabetes drugs that can cause bladder cancer?

Yes.  The main ingredient in Actos, pioglitazone, is also found in the drugs Actoplus Met, ActoplusMet RX, and Duetact.  In fact, if you have taken medication for type 2 diabetes, there is a high chance that you have taken a drug containing pioglitazone at some point.

What kind of compensation is an Actos bladder cancer victim entitled to?

Our team is dedicated to recovering the maximum compensation for our clients while they focus on their health.  In an Actos bladder cancer lawsuit, victims may seek compensation for damages such as lost wages, loss of health, pain and suffering, cost of medication, cost of counseling, and the cost of travel for medical care, among others.

What is the basis of an Actos lawsuit?

Every drug manufacturer has the duty to ensure that their product is safe for use, to fully research any negative consequences of taking that drug, and to inform doctors and patients of any risks associated with that drug.  Our attorneys believe that Takeda Pharmaceuticals was negligent in these duties, and these claims are the basis for Actos lawsuits.


Contact an Actos Bladder Cancer Lawyer

Patients who developed bladder cancer after taking Actos may be entitled to collect substantial compensation in a dangerous drug lawsuit.  If you or someone you love suffered from Actos bladder cancer, call our team today for a free legal consultation.


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